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February 06, 2008

Washington Snapshot

Washington in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Caucus Snapshot

Washington, which is holding Republican and Democratic caucuses on Feb. 9, had a 2007 population of 6.5 million that includes a higher percentage of Asians and a lower percentage of blacks and Hispanics than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About 68 percent of Washington’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, above the national rate of 64 percent.

These and other statistics about Washington’s population at the state and local levels on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Washington U.S.
Median age 36.7 36.4
Women 50.1% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 76.5% 66.4%
Black alone 3.6% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 9.1% 14.8%
Median household income $52,583 $48,451
Foreign born 12.4% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 11.8% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 30.5% 27.0%
Median home value $267,600 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).

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